New season, new feuds and a new housewife! The Real Housewives of Cheshire are returning for their fifth season next week, which premieres on Monday, March 27 at 10:00pm on ITVBe. The cast will be joined by a new cast member: Ester Dee, who is replacing Missé Beqiri.
The 32 year-old Czech-born blonde Ester will make her television debut next week in the new fifth series of the ITVBe reality series.
Dee, who owns 500 pairs of shoes and 180 handbags admits she thinks “Cheshire is pretentious in a way”, but loves to drive around in her Rolls Royce to “check out the competition” in Wilmslow and Hale.
“When people see a nice car, they assume it’s going to be a man driving, so it’s refreshing if you get a woman in there,” she told Manchester Evening News. “I love Cheshire that way, it’s the cars, it’s the flash, it’s the fashion, I love going out in Wilmslow in my Rolls Royce because you get noticed. If you make sure you look nice, people respond nice, they talk to you nicely, you get a better table.
“If I go to Hale Barns, if I wasn’t me, I wouldn’t get a nice table. People engage better with you if you have better things on you. Cheshire is quite pretentious in a way.
She continued: “It’s a good honey pot place, compared to London it’s got bigger money, bigger places. Cheshire is brilliant for football players, big game players, if you want to do it big, move to Cheshire.”
Born in the Czech Republic as Ester Dohnalova (Dee is her shortened version of that name), she moved to England in 2003 with just £40 in her pocket to start a new life. She became an au pair in London, before meeting her partner Rob Lloyd, 53, in 2008. They eventually became an item in 2012 and now have a two-year-old daughter Bertie together.
Rob, who enjoyed TV fame himself when he appeared on Channel 4’s The Secret Millionaire in 2009, also has three grown-up children from two previous marriages.
Rob proposed to Ester with a replica of Princess Diana’s engagement ring by the canal in Chester, where they had previously lived together.
But they’ve since moved to a Georgian mansion in Macclesfield, to allow room for Ester’s mother Zdenka to move in to help look after Bertie.
“I’m a full time mother and housewife. It’s a very hard job, my nails get dirty sometimes. I just find it amazing that the other girls run so many businesses and exercise, I don’t know how they do it. I have a cleaner at home.”
Ester admits she hadn’t watched any of the previous series before agreeing to sign up to the new fifth series of the hit show.
She said: “I did know of the girls, but I didn’t want to watch [the show] because my partner Robert would like to watch it and I would be jealous of the girls because of how fabulous they are and everything they’ve got in life. I didn't watch it purposely because it make my head in. When you look at someone they’re size six they have a big house and a football player, you think ‘oh right I’ll have a diet coke then’.
“You would expect maybe stuck up ladies sitting around gossiping, but they’re just a pleasure to be around.”
“I didn’t think I was going to like Dawn, she completely overdo me, but I love her smile and her heart, and Ashley, he is FIT!
She added: “Spending time with all the girls I find them very different. You can’t judge a book by its cover. They helped me to blend nicely, and to correct my mistakes, because I do talk a lot!”
The Real Housewives of Cheshire Season 5 premieres on Monday, March 27 at 10:00pm on ITVBe!
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